Officials: Colo. LEO injured by intentional, head-on collision
“The deputy was able to avoid the initial attempt by the suspect to strike his vehicle but was unable to avoid another action that resulted in the collision,” the sheriff’s office said
By Suzie Ziegler
PARK COUNTY, Colo. — A Colorado deputy suffered severe injuries in a head-on collision that authorities say is being investigated as intentional.
According to the Park County Sheriff’s Office, the deputy, who has asked to remain anonymous, was responding to a domestic violence situation on August 20. The deputy was in his marked patrol vehicle at the time, leading investigators to believe it was intentionally targeted by the suspect.
“The deputy was able to avoid the initial attempt by the suspect to strike his vehicle but was unable to avoid another action that resulted in the collision,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a Facebook post.
The impact happened at over 100 miles per hour combined speed, investigators estimated. Both vehicles were totaled in the crash.
The sheriff’s office says the deputy was airlifted to a Denver hospital with a severely broken leg, a broken arm and bruising. The deputy is still in the hospital as of Thursday afternoon and will stay there for rehabilitation.
“It is the opinion of myself and numerous other law enforcement persons, that if it were not for the large Chevrolet Tahoe that the deputy was driving, the outcome could have been tragically different and resulted in much more severe injuries or worse,” the sheriff wrote.
The sheriff’s office shared pictures of the Chevy Tahoe, which showed extensive damage to the front of the vehicle.